So, this was my first attempt at making peanut brittle. I use to always (and only) get it in Georgia when my family went to a farm expo down there. The other day, I was checking out a blog called “The Flour Bag” and came across this recipe! It is done completely in the microwave and sounded easy enough for me, so I did it! It turned out so nicely, that I put it in some of my candy/chocolate give away baskets for Christmas!
2 c. sugar
1 c. light-colored corn syrup
2 1/2 c. salted peanuts
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp baking soda
(you will also need a candy thermometer)
Butter a large baking sheet; set aside.
In a microwave safe glass bowl, combine sugar and corn syrup. Microwave on 100 percent power for 5-7 minutes or until sugar dissolves and mixture is bubbly over entire surface, stirring twice during the process.
Stir in peanuts. Microwave, uncovered, on 100 percent power for 4 minutes. Stir in the 2 tbsp butter and the vanilla. Cook, uncovered, on 100 percent power for 3-4 minutes, or until the candy reaches hard-crack stage (302 degrees F) and syrup is a clear golden color. After 2 minutes of cooking, stir peanut mixture every 30 seconds.
Stir in baking soda. Immediately pour mixture onto the prepared baking sheet, spreading the mixture as thin as possible. Cool brittle completely. Break into irregular pieces. Place brittle in a plastic bag; seal.